Trains at the Nixon Library

On Track to the Moon and Back! Trains at the Nixon Library

November 25, 2019 through January 5, 2020

Astronauts, rocket ships and moon rocks will join in the merry family-fun tradition of model trains and beautifully decorated Christmas trees at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum this holiday season.


Beginning Monday, November 25, 2019, guests to the Nixon Library will enjoy the popular special exhibit Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind and tour a whistling wonderland of TRAINS, featuring a dozen bustling tracks, 500 square feet of hand-crafted model scenery, and five expertly-designed layouts including the all-new Rocket Railroad space-themed layout, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

As tradition goes, more than two dozen whimsical Christmas trees will adorn the halls of the Nixon Library for visitors to enjoy including the all-new 20-feet tall Cosmic Christmas Tree. 

See TRAINS at the Nixon Library from Nov. 25, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020.

The showcase reflects President Nixon’s love of trains that began in his Yorba Linda childhood, in his boyhood home now located on the Nixon Library campus. In his Memoirs, he recalled, “In the daytime, I could see the smoke from the steam engines. Sometimes at night, I was awakened by the whistle of a train and then I dreamed of the far-off places I wanted to visit someday.”

Hours and Admission

The Nixon Library is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sundays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Library is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Tickets include admission to TRAINS, Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind, the presidential museum galleries, President Nixon’s birthplace and boyhood home, the Marine One helicopter and the Pat Nixon Gardens.

Adults: $21
Seniors (62+): $17
High School and College Students w/ ID: $15
Retired Military: $15
Active Military: Free
Children (5-11): $11
Children (4 and under): Free

Candlelight Evenings at the Nixon Library

We’re keeping the Nixon Library open late! December 2nd and 12th only!

Special Candlelight Evenings celebrate First Lady Pat Nixon’s love of Christmas and the holiday traditions she inspired at the White House. For two nights only, the Nixon Library will open its doors after hours for photos with Santa in the Oval Office, live musical entertainment in the magnificent White House East Room, holiday crafts and cookie decorating for kids, hot cocoa, and the chance to explore the Nixon Library by candlelight.